Guv announces 8 crore Special Development Plan for South Kashmir districts

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KULGAM: Governor NN Vohra visited Kulgam on Thursday and made a first-hand appraisal of the security environment and the pace of development work in the district.
According to a statement, it said while interacting with MLAs and MPs from the area, Vohra sought their feedback regarding development issues of the district, particularly those relating to youth engagement, health, education, power and PHE sectors. The Legislators raised a number of problems relating to their respective Constituencies and called for speedy execution for the completion of long-lingering projects and pending works in the district, it said.
Governor called upon all the Legislators to enlarge awareness about the vital importance of the forthcoming elections to Municipalities and Panchayats which would promote the establishment of grass-root democracy.
While reviewing the Health sector, Vohra directed Director General Health Services, Kashmir to immediately start a Dialysis Centre at District Hospital Kulgam, under the Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme.
In view of the importance of Kailamgund Ashmuji Bridge, Governor ordered immediate release of Rs 2 crore with the direction to make the bridge functional before end November. Governor also released Rs 4 lac for running a Counselling and Coaching Centre for IAS/KAS and other such examinations.
A discretionary grant of Rs 1 crore was also released for the discretionary utilisation of Deputy Commissioner Kulgam, as an untied grant for developmental purposes.
To address the challenges posed by unforeseen circumstances and to plug critical infrastructural gaps, Governor announced a Special Development Plan of Rs 2 crore each for the four districts of South Kashmir – Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama.
Advisor B. B Vyas, Advisor Vijay Kumar, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, accompanied the Governor on his visit.